Don’t Take the Easy Way

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.)

It can be so easy in life to take the easy way. We run with the popular kids, even though we see that old friend sitting alone, and we skip breakfast because five more minutes of sleep is more than important than a meal that resets sugar levels and provides energy to make it to school and work on time, right? Wrong! Oftentimes, what we think is saving us time and trouble now could really have a negative impact overall. Take those quizzes at school. It’s easy to think slacking once or twice on studying won’t make a difference, but it doesn’t take much to drop the grade to a level that can be difficult to salvage.

Hard work and doing what’s right leads to success. It may take a bit of extra planning, some bravery to tackle new or overwhelming things and cutting back on ½ hour of sleep to get up early enough to start the day right, but trust us, it will pay off in the end. Here are a few direct and indirect rewards you may experience:


You’ll earn respect from those around you.

You’ll be a great role model.

You’ll ace the quiz AND the test.

You’ll have more energy when you spend more time making healthier choices.

You’ll experience better peace of mind.

You’ll find that putting the extra work in now saves time in the future.

You’ll be inspired by yourself to always take the upper road.

You’ll gain confidence in your abilities.

You’ll never experience regret.

You’ll develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.

You’ll gain knowledge and knowledge is power.

You’ll develop skills that allow you to make the best decisions in difficult situations.

You’ll have less stress in your life.

You’ll bring others happiness.

You’ll get to know your strengths and weaknesses, which can go a long way on the path to achieving success.